Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Umesh Sharma and Dr Andrea Reupert


This unit recognises that collaboration and ongoing consultation among teachers, administrative and support personnel, parents, students, allied health professionals and agency representatives are essential for teachers working with children with diverse needs in a variety of educational settings. The unit will enable students to identify and develop the skills of collaboration and promote positive inter-professional practice in the workplace. Students will be encouraged to identify key stakeholders when working collaboratively as well as the issues when working as joint partners with others, including potential sources of conflict. Finally, students will be encouraged to critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages of working inter-professionally and the need to evaluate collaborative practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically operationalise collaborative inter-professional practice, including the identification of key stakeholders,
  2. analyse and develop strategies and skills to promote, implement and evaluate inter-professional practice,
  3. compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of working collaboratively and identify ways of strengthening the integration of the different services for students with diverse needs in a variety of educational settings, and
  4. identify and promote strategies which promote collaborative practice at an organisational and practice level.


Assessment Task 1: Essay; (2000 words, 50%), and Assessment Task 2: Class presentation; (equivalent to 2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact 2 hrs/week; private study 10 hrs/week